As recently as few months ago, I hated push-ups and was perfectly happy without them in my life. I made an attempt at the 100 push-ups challenge, but was very discouraged at slow progress.
But then they were recommended by Trainer Guy, and I needed to think about them again.
He explained that push-ups work several parts of the body, and you can do them just about anywhere without special equipment. They increase upper-body strength particularly in the chest, fronts of shoulders, and triceps. They also work the abdominals and hip flexors and should help to improve balance. I’m sure there are even more benefits than that.
All he asked was for me to do three sets of good form push-ups twice a week, as many as I could, for a few months. After that, I could decide whether or not push-ups were for me, and quit them forever if I wanted.
Deal. I was *so* going to push out the push-ups from my life for good. Clearly they were too difficult for me and a waste of my time. After all, my first set of three ended up being something like 2, 1, & 1.
A month and a half has gone by and I've kept my part of the deal. Twice a week, usually Tuesday and Thursday, I pull out the mat, get my body all taut on the floor and start the evil process. Push Up to a plank-like position. Slight pause. Look forward. Come down. Don't forget to breathe. Keep everything tight. Back up. Look forward. Repeat a few times. Collapse. One down, two sets to go. Pretty much hating every moment.
Today is Tuesday and once again pushups were scheduled at the end of my strength workout at the gym. I pulled out the mat, laid there for a few moments, and then started. First set 15, second set 12, third set 10. Un.Freaking.Believable.
I still dread them every time they’re on my schedule, but they're growing on me. Plus, I've been able to do just a few more each time and after a while, the improvement is really noticable. I wonder how many I'll be able to do in another few weeks or so? Guess there's only one way to find out...
Trainer Guy hit the nail on the head with this one. Push-ups are a keeper.